Subject: Theatre and Performance
My acting career all started when I walked through the doors of Morley College London
Today: BAFTA nominated Actor, Screenwriter and Producer
Johnny was born in Lambeth and raised by his mother on a council estate in the Elephant and Castle. Working by the age of 11, he left school aged 13 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer. He went on to win the Junior ABA national boxing title aged 16. Growing disillusioned with the sport after his success, he moved to Paris for 2 years to live with his French girlfriend. While there he discovered a passion for cinema and on his return to London aged 19 he decided to enrol in acting classes at Morley College London. He studied drama at the college for 3 years whilst working on building sites, and also founded a theatre company with his fellow students. Johnny went on to star in a range of movies including the critically acclaimed London to Brighton, Snow White and The Huntsman, Gangster No1, Monsters: Dark Continent, and Welcome to the Punch, as well as the BAFTA award-winning TV series Fortitude. His performance in This is England ‘86 led to a BAFTA nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor’. Johnny also wrote, produced, and starred in the highly acclaimed movie Jawbone, inspired by his early life as a boxer. The film also starred Ray Winstone and Ian McShane, and Johnny received a BAFTA Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Debut by a Writer, Director or Producer’ for his work on the film. Johnny recalls his acting career was a ‘domino effect that all started by walking through Morley’s doors.